“Practical Paralegalism” Provides Practical Practices

Lynne DeVenney of Practical Paralegalism focuses today on “Paralegal Practice Tips: Evaluation & Acceptance of Workers’ Compensation Cases” from her book “Workers’ Compensation Practice for Paralegals.” The practice tips she gives, however, are applicable (some with adjustment for topic) to any type of practice. Students in my Wills and Estate Administration class would do well in particular would do well to modify these as necessary for estate planning client interviews:

  • Use pre-prepared intake forms and releases to avoid missing key information.
  • Obtain and review all documentation the client has regarding the claim, injury and employment.
  • Gather as many details as possible about how the injury or occupational disease occurred.
  • Obtain sufficient information to thoroughly understand the injured worker’s job duties.
  • Obtain complete background information about the injured worker, including a medical and employment history, criminal record (if any) and prior injury claims and pre-existing conditions (if any).

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  • Thanks, Robert, for developing my workers’ compensation post to include another legal specialty area. As a paralegal, an essential function of my job is finding out everything about the parties in a case, no matter what kind of case it is!

    Best regards,
    Lynne J. DeVenny
    Author/Blogger at Practical Paralegalism

  • Chere Estrin says:

    Speaking of books – we gave The Empowered Paralegal by Robert Mongue a great review over on The Estrin Report http://www.estrinlegaled.typepad.com.

    If you are a new paralegal or one with just a few years of experience, Professor Mongue’s book is right for you!

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